Social Safeguard and Resettlement Expert

  Afghan Knowledge Solution
Bachelor's Degree   Kabul, Afghanistan Full Time 263
Date Posted:Jun 28, 2020
Reference:AKS /110
Closing Date:Jul 5, 2020
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:2
Functional Area:Engineering
Salary Range:As per company salary scale
Years of Experience:1 - 10 Years
Contract Duration:24 month(s)
Extension Possibility:No
Contract Type:Long-term
Probation Period:Unspecified
Required Languages:Dari,Pashto,English

About Afghan Knowledge Solution:


AKS is a local development consultancy that works with the international community in public, private and third sectors with the common goal of helping Afghanistan to become more secure and enhancing the life chances of Afghans by supporting economic and human development projects.

Founded in 2009, AKS has established a reputation as a trusted and highly competent partner in international development, managing projects across Afghanistan. We have a network of more than 500 national and international consultants with both exemplary technical expertise and a deep understanding of our country. By supporting donor and commercial projects, AKS nurtures talent by transferring the skills and knowledge of its young Afghan team to fellow Afghans.

We work with international partners on governance, public financial management, economic development, and investment advisory and support, providing them with the local expertise they need to operate in Afghanistan efficiently. 

Job Summary:

The assignment requires a Masters in environmental engineering, anthropology or equivalent degree and at least 10 years of relevant experience in environmental, social safeguards and protection studies of infrastructure projects. The Expert should be well versed with all relevant polices, handbooks, and guidelines of ADB and in particular Safeguard Policy Statement (SPS) of 2009 that governs the environmental safeguards of ADB's operations to avoid, or when avoidance is not possible, to minimize and mitigate adverse project impacts on the environment and affected people, and to help borrowers strengthen their safeguard systems and develop the capacity to manage environmental and social risks. The Social Safeguards Specialist will The expert preferably has Master’s degree in sociology and at least 5 years of relevant experience in carrying out social development activities including preparation of resettlement plans related to infrastructure projects. Previous experience in undertaking social studies and analysis in the power sector developments is desirable. In accordance with SPS and related ADB polices, handbooks, and guidelines, the expert will prepare resettlement plans for projects involving involuntary resettlement and/or land acquisition and, if needed, an indigenous peoples development plan (IPDP) in full consultation with affected persons and other stakeholders. He shall prepare other relevant documents, including preparation of Land Acquisition and Resettlement Framework (LARF) for the Facility, Land Acquisition and Resettlement Plan (LARP) relevant sections and attachments to the periodic financing report. The incumbent will be responsible for the following activities: 

Duties & Responsibilities:

i. Assist the executing agency and implementing agency in designing the subprojects in order to minimize resettlement and land acquisition, inclusive of preparing resettlement plans with a level of detail as required by ADB for the RRP for subprojects and updating the land acquisition and resettlement framework as well as the land acquisition and resettlement plans (LARP) 

ii. Review the result of initial site/route surveys for the projects to determine the most cost- effective design, wherever possible, seeking to avoid involuntary resettlement and land acquisition. 

iii. Supervise and monitor the LAR compliance on behalf of the owner. 

iv. In accordance with ADB’s Policy on Involuntary Resettlement and handbook on 

socioeconomic profiles (20% sample survey) of the project-affected communities, carry out field surveys as necessary. Ensure data is disaggregated by gender and vulnerable groups. Include gender and local ethnic minority profiles; assess the need for an IPDP; and include initial involuntary resettlement and indigenous people’s checklists in the inception report. 

v. Undertake a full census and inventory of lost assets (in terms of loss of homes, agricultural and other lands; or loss of access to current income-generating activities including impacts caused by permanent or temporary acquisition) of affected people and a baseline socioeconomic survey of the affected populations. Determine the scope and magnitude of likely resettlement effects and list likely losses of households, agricultural lands, business and income opportunities, as well as affected communal assets and pubic building. 

vi. If subprojects are likely to involve significant resettlement, prepare (a) a resettlement plan with a level of detail as required by ADB for the RRP with full participation of stakeholders, and the executing and implementing agencies subprojects are classified as not significant; (b) a summary resettlement plan; and (c) an IPDP, if required. 

vii. Prepare an entitlement matrix listing all likely effects, both of permanent and temporary land acquisition, and study to determine the replacement costs of all categories of losses; and prepare an indicative budget for land acquisition and resettlement costs with specific sourcing and approval process. 

viii. Prepare a grievance mechanism and appeal procedures and mechanisms for discoloring the resettlement plan to affected persons in a form and manner understood by them and disclosure on ADB’s website and detailed in the Report and Recommendation of the President to the Board of Directors. 

ix. Monitor GRM on behalf of the owner and maintain records for reporting purposes. 

x. Together with the executing agency, identify any development interventions that may be incorporated into projects’ design to assist in improving the welfare and economic conditions of affected persons and communities in the subprojects areas, in particular indigenous 

peoples, women and other vulnerable groups. 

xi. Analyze the development impact of proposed projects and assess its potential impact on 

poverty reduction (for example, affordability to pay, employment opportunities, increased 

income, livelihood development, small- and medium-scale enterprise development) in accordance with ADB’s Handbook on Poverty and Social Analysis and Handbook for Integrating Poverty Impact in Economic Analysis of Projects. 

xii. Update the summary poverty reduction and social strategy, provide training to counterpart experts on field of expertise and provide input on the field of responsibilities inception, draft final and other reports. 

xiii. Provide capacity building to the owner on ADB’s IR safeguards requirements and best international practices. 

Job Requirement:

•  Familiar with the nature of formal meetings, training, workshops, and ability to share information

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul
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